If you a have a DWI case in North Carolina, you may be wondering what you need to show up for court, and what will happen if you do. There are various rules involved in DWI cases and whether yours go to trial or not, it’s important to understand them.
When you are in court, you will be informed of the charges against you. You will also be given three options: request a court-appointed lawyer, hire a personal attorney, or represent yourself. If you arrive with your own counsel, you will be made to sign a waiver that gives up your rights to a court appointed attorney. If you request an appointed attorney, this doesn’t mean you’ll immediately receive one. The judge will first examine your financial situation to determine if you are eligible for an appointed lawyer.
Once you have your attorney, he can then begin negotiating with the assistant district attorney, or gathering evidence on your behalf. You don’t need to say anything in court beyond this point, you just need to let your attorney work for you. Even if called up before the judge, it will be wise to remain silent and let your attorney speak for you.
As you can see, having an attorney is very important from the get go. If you can afford it, always have your own attorney present. Your best interest will be better represented that way.